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Amber - Abita Brewing Co.

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504 Reviews
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Reviews: 504
Hads: 1,510
Avg: 3.4
pDev: 29.41%
Wants: 46
Gots: 234 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co. visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-08-2001

Amber is a Munich style lager brewed with crystal malt and Perle hops. It has a smooth, malty, slightly caramel flavor and a rich amber color. Abita Amber was the first beer offered by the brewery and continues to be our leading seller.

17 IBU
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light brown with a foamy tan head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is pretty mild with some malt/grain and slight caramel aromas. Taste is of toasted malt, caramel, and some mild herbal hops on the finish. There is a slight bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer flavor wise but the smell is lacking in my opinion.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: single finger head with some lacing on a mixed amber golden clear body.

S: light on the nose with mostly caramel malt. Some nutty notes

T: a little bland with caramel malt up front and a sweet corn with nut note finish.

M: light to medium body and high carbonation.

Overall: very drinkable and refreshing but not overly flavorful. Simple and one dimensional but appeases the standard beer drinker.

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Photo of metter98
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slight hazy light copper in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly dissipated into a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and some lacing in the center.
S: There are light aromas of toasted caramel malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has some flavors of toasted and caramel malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a somewhat thin on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is drinkable, but nothing really sets it apart to make me want to have another of these.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.68/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured out with a pretty nice looking amber color, the head was cream colored and fizzy. The smell had a slight hoppiness with some caramel malts in there. The taste was too mild in my opinion, I couldn't really pin point any real specifics here other than some malts and a minimal hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is on the light side too. Overall not the most impressive Amber Ale really.

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Photo of brentk56
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a modest head that doesn't display great retention or lacing but does manage to cap the liquid for quite some time

Smell: Slightly sweet with a grainy barley aroma

Taste: Starts out somewhat sweet with a toasted malt flavor; after the swallow, an unfortunate grainy aspect takes over that detracts from the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkabiluty: Easy enough to drink but no particularly memorable

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Slight sweet and malty aroma, less than I prefer. Lightly brown apearance lessened by the carbonation. Flavor and body seem to be a bit too weak, both of style and preference. Too sweet and tacky to be refreshing; too weak to be flavorful or balanced. Finishes also sweet and a bit tart for style.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Who'da thunk it? Abita Amber isn't an amber ale at all, but an Oktoberfest. At least it's the right season for it. Pumpkin orange with amber edges capped with a pale orangish ecru head that is whipped creamy, decently persistent and sticky enough to lay down a high collar of lace.

The nose is a step down from the appearance. It's moderately toasted caramel malty, but it isn't bold enough or multi-faceted enough to suit me. The flavor isn't a whole lot better. It's malt-dominant (natch) with a lackluster toasted caramel flavor and... not much else. The body is medium for the style and is about as generic as the aroma and the flavor.

Abita Amber is a garden-variety Oktoberfest that makes no horrible missteps, but neither does it impress. It's drinkable as long as one is otherwise engaged and doesn't want to bother with anything even remotely interesting. I drink for flavor though, and by that standard this beer falls noticeably short.

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Photo of zeff80
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a small, foamy, tan head that left minimal amounts of lace.

S - It smelled of malt, caramel and some grains.

T - It tasted fairly sweet. Nice caramel maltiness with a little hint of vanilla. Some mild spiciness.

M - It was smooth and a little soft. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay brew. Nothing too fabulous but drinkable.

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Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear medium amber with a slight off white half finger head,some caramel and toast in the nose with a light smattering of leafy hops.Slightly sweet flavors with some caramel and breadiness,some drying in the finish.Easy drinking and food friendly,nothing to complain about.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.48/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, light amber body with a huge, creamy-looking white head that fizzled out in half the time it took to type this sentence.

Smell: Impossibly faint aroma of grains and grapes.

Taste: Quick hint of caramel and grains before a sweet-sour grape flavor kicks in. Oh brother, what a way to kick-off the evening.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation. Downright watery.

Drinkability: Not very impressive. I didn't enjoy this one at all.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

I love cheap singles. We need more of them at more stores, I tells ya! This one pours a clear, well, amber (how very appropriate) topped by a finger or so of white micro-foam. The nose is heavy on the buttery biscuits, as though company was expected; some light caramel and nutmeg finish off a strange olfactory experience. The taste also has a good amount of biscuits, but they're not as buttery as before. Some mild wheat, light caramel, and, following the theme, very mild hoppy floral and citrus notes round out the kinda lackluster flavor. The body is pretty light, with a light carbonation and a semi-crisp finish. Overall, an okay brew, nothing special, nothing objectionable. Easy to down, though.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy copper body is topped by a full, foamy off-white head that holds well and maintains a thin surface covering throughout the glass. The aroma is slightly fruity and offers the toasty and lightly sweet maltiness of Vienna malt. The flavor follows the aroma with a well-balanced, bready & toasty malt. Some of the Abita house flavor is present but it doesn't stand out as it does in some of their less malty beers. The body is medium with a very fine and moderate carbonation. The creamy mouthfeel helps to accentuate the maltiness. The malt gives way to a dry finish with a touch of hop bitterness and a lightly lingering biscuity note. One of Abita's better beers and a good crossover beer for those starting to look for more flavor. This beer should be enjoyed at 45-55F to experience it's complete maltiness.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep orange color with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, some spice and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is very malty and a little smoky with strong flavors of caramel and spices. There’s a good hops presence in the background that provides a nice balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, it’s a good beer to stick with for an evening even if it may not quite be a true O-fest, maybe more of a Munich Dunkel or Helles Lager maybe, but still a good beer.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.14/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big white to off white head dies, leaving a pretty nice lacing above a clear copper colored amber.

A light caramel malt with some sourness, almost a light soapiness to the aroma.

Light roasted caramel malt seems to grow with each drink. A little bit of the grains come through the caramel malts.

A very light dry finish and aftertaste with some of the toasted malts hanging around on this mediumish bodied beer.

I had been led to believe that Abita beers were better than this.

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Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown short with a freshness date marked on back.

Appearance: Clear amberish orange with a bubbly off white lace.

Smell: Delicate malt, both toasted and caramel in the smell.

Taste: Crisp, clean and some what smooth yet medium bodied and malty with a toasted biscuity malt flavour and hints of caramel. Some hop presence of spicy bitterness and a touch of herbal flavour. Some more, yet fading, toasted grain in the end.

Notes: This brew still holds its ground as a classic among the many "micro brews", a down right tasty lager.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber with a crème head. Nose is like a pile of wet grass from yesterday that I let sit out on the front yard since then. Nasty. Over time calms down to a mere wet grass stink, but still... Flavor seems to be heavily influenced by a straw character. Feel is decent at best. Nice level of carbonation and a good liquid feel, but the flavor just kills any possibility of a positive experience here. Overall just a weak beer. Nothing at all good about it from my point of view. Avoid.

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Photo of russpowell
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

BBD of March 23 (07??? I think)

Pours deep bronze/light amber with a 4 fingers deep white head with some effervescence. Above average lacing & average head retention

S: Bready with a slightlty vegtal/sour/corny scent up front which fades as it warms

T: Slight breadyness & caramel notes up front. Dryness follows along with a little grainyness. Finishes with caramel & toffee sweetness & some grainyness

MF: Medium (barely) bodied with a little pricklyness

Drinks alright, not a bad one to have with some pizza, but so-so as marzens go. Might taste better at 90 degrees with 90% humidity. If I had to guess at the abv, I'd say about 4.7%. That's probably the biggest knock on this beer, too thin/light for the style

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a pale copper amber, with a large egg shell tinted white head forms fizzy thick head that rises above the glass and then quickly fades away to form bands of scattered lacing with each sip. Aroma slightly metallic with mild faint caramel and nut notes mild flowing sweetness and a kiss of herbal hops. Flavor is light with specialty grains just slipping through the fizzy beer flavor, but it works with a mild caramel, nut, and slightly creamy edge with faint hops arising with each sip. Mouthfeel is light bodied as it gets in the craft realm but a nutty dryness does stay on the palate with carbonation tickling the throat. Drinkability is sessionable but damn I want more flavor at this level in the game. I still give props to these Abita beers being early on influences in beers exploitation of myself.

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Photo of superspak
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pilsener glass, best by 9/30/2012. Pours lightly hazy orange copper color with a small 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Small amounts of spotty lacing on the glass, with a bit of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of caramel, toffee, apple, pear, toast, nuttiness, herbal, and floral. Nice aromas with good balance and strength; pretty typical Vienna lager aromas. Taste of caramel, toast, nuttiness, biscuit, pear, pepper, and herbal spiciness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, nuttiness, biscuit, pepper, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a short bit. Very clean tasting with a good balance of flavors; but it feels a bit watery. Medium carbonation and body; with a very crisp and smooth mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with pretty much no warming present on the finish as expected. Overall this is a good Vienna lager. Some good flavor balance and very smooth to drink. Quite enjoyable and very sessionable.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, pale amber coloring, 1/4" creamy head, slims down quick.

Aroma: sweet, and slightly vegetal. Don't like it, nossir. Are Munich style lagers supposed to smell like this? Not sure, there...

Crisp, clean on the palate, with a linger of that off-flavor detected in the nose, hanging a bit in the front. Slips off innocently, and the rest is easy to drink, and forgettable.

Actually, as more passes my lips and I get acquainted with it, it's a pleasing passable lager, ...dry finish, slightly grainy texture, ...light body, briefly malty taste....I could drink this, if it were the alternatives were BMC croppola.

As I drain the glass, the lightly toasty malts become more appealing, and, darn it, I actually wish I had another.
Good, quality lager, this.

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Photo of chinchill
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is based on two samples, rated nearly 2 years apart from a 2011 bottle and a very fresh keg.

12 oz. bottle served in pint glass.

A - creamy looking but somewhat thin and short-lived head on a clear light copper-colored brew. Lacy remnants of head are fairly long lasting. A good bit of visible carbonation with bubbles varying in size.

S&T - malty; toasted grains. Limited aroma but good malty flavor.

O: surprised to find I liked this Abita so much, mainly due to the very flavorful version of this oft boring style.

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Photo of jwc215
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I first had this on-tap in New Orleans on a very hot, humid day and remember being refreshed. So, when I recently saw it in bottles at a local store, I decided to try it. I took notes on it, but also remember it vividly because of its lack of anything but decent water. I must have been very thirsty in New Orleans. It poured a very light amber with a bubbly thin head that VERY quickly disappeared. It didn't smell like anything. Maybe some attempt at a floral aroma, but it took a deep smell to get even that much. The most obvious part of the taste was the water. It tasted like very good spring water, so the water they use is very good. I'm being too harsh - it has a thirst-quenching quality.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Beer is amber to brown and completely hazy. Forms a thin broken head of tiny white bubbles. Carbonation is low and there is only a little lacing.

When I smelled the beer I thought, this smells like an Oktoberfest, up until that point I had assumed it was an amber. An marzen should be clear, but the aroma is spot on.

Thin bodied, an odd sweetness up front followed by a clean finish with no aftertaste. There really isn't much of a flavor overall. Overall, its kind of a boring marzen but a decent effort. A lot of marzens are unremarkable but this one is slightly above average. Drinkability is good.

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Photo of WesWes
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a light amber color with a thick white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a slight malty scent with nutty undertones and a breadlike finish. The taste is good. It has a bit of malty flavor with a nutty accent. It finishes clean, but with a little watery aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. The beer drinks well; a good sessions ale.

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Photo of tdm168
3.91/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark amber with a thick layer of dense, white head that has great retention

S - grassy, earthy hops; caramel; sweet

T - caramel, nutty, grassy, earthy

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is an easy drinking Vienna Lager. It has decent flavor and good body. It's worth a try.

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Amber from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 504 ratings.